Employee Engagement Calendar - September 2023

September 5, 2023by Carissa Harrison in Workplace Wellbeing

Important dates and employee engagement ideas for the month of September

World Alzheimer's Month

World Alzheimer's Month serves as a global platform to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia. This annual observance not only sheds light on the growing prevelance of these conditions but also speaks to their profound impact on one's life and well-being. Alzheimer's in particular, exerts a devastating toll on individuals and their families, causing immense emotional and psychological distress. By dedicating the month of September to Alzheimer's awareness, we aim to foster understanding, compassion, and support for those affected, while advocating for increased research, resources, and policies that can improve the lives of those living with Alzheimer's.

Labour Day - September 4th

This holiday, which traditionally marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall season, serves as a tribute to the labour movement's historical struggles and achievements. It reminds us how fortunate we are to have workers' rights, including fair wages, safe working conditions, and reasonable working hours.
Engagement Ideas
  • Do your best to fully embrace this day of rest.
  • Avoid contacting your colleagues on this day to allow them the day off.

World Sexual Health Day - September 4th

World Sexual Health Day shines a global spotlight on the importance of sexual health in our lives. This observance not only promotes awareness but also encourages open dialogue, education, and de-stigmatization of various aspects of sexual health. It highlights the fundamental right of individuals to lead healthy sexual lives, free from discrimination and shame. World Sexual Health Day plays a vital role in breaking down societal barriers, fostering inclusivity, and ensuring access to comprehensive sexual health services, including information, contraception, and testing. By recognizing the significance of sexual health we acknowledge that it is an integral part of our holistic health and human rights.

Engagement Ideas
  • Inclusive policies and resources: Use World Sexual Health Day as an opportunity to review and update workplace policies to ensure they are inclusive and supportive of all employees, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status.
  • Employee resource groups (ERG's): If your organization has ERG's or diversity and inclusion committees, encourage them to take the lead in planning activities and initiatives related to sexual health on World Sexual Health Day.

International Day of Charity - September 5th

This day celebrates the virtues of compassion, generosity, and solidarity, encouraging individuals and organizations to lend a helping hand to those in need. It honours the efforts of charities and NGO's worldwide, recognizing their pivotal role in addressing social, humanitarian, and environmental challenges. The International Day of Charity inspires individuals to take action, whether through donations, volunteer work, or acts of kindness, fostering a sense of responsibility for the well-being of others.

Engagement Ideas
  • Volunteer opportunities: Organize group volunteer activities for employees to give back to the community.

World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10th

World Suicide Prevention Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the ongoing tragedy of suicide and the mental health conditions that lead to it. It provides a much-needed platform for individuals, communities, and organizations to come together in an effort to prevent suicide and offer support to those who may be struggling. Suicide is a preventable tragedy, and this day encourages open conversations about mental health, resilience, and seeking help when needed. By continuously shedding light on the prevalence of suicide, we can break down stigma, educate people on the signs of distress, and promote resources and strategies for suicide prevention. It's a day to remember that each of us can play a role in saving lives, fostering empathy, and promoting mental well-being in our communities and in our own lives.

Engagement Ideas
  • Wellness activities: Plan wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, or mindfulness sessions on World Suicide Prevention Day. Encourage employees to prioritize self-care and emotional well-being, creating a supportive environment
  • Resource sharing: Remind employees of the mental health resources available to them, ensuring they know where to turn in times of crisis.
  • Training programs: Offer mental health training or suicide prevention training. If you are interested in either of these training programs - Get in touch with us.

International Day of Peace - September 21st

International Day of Peace is an annual call to action to bridge divides, and promote tolerance and understanding among nations and individuals. In a world where conflict is often the main topic of conversation, this day highlights the urgent need for diplomacy, dialogue, and cooperation as tools in advancing social justice. Beyond the absence of violence, the International Day of Peace champions the creation of environments where people can thrive, prosper, and coexist in unity, emphasizing that peace is not merely the absence of violence but the presence of justice, equality, and respect. It is a moment to reflect on our collective responsibility in building a more peaceful future for generations to come, reminding us that peace is not a passive state but an active commitment that begins with each of us.

Engagement Ideas
  • Peaceful reflection and meditation: Dedicate a specific time during the workday for employees to engage in guided meditation or peaceful reflection.
  • Acts of kindness: Encourage employees to perform random acts of kindness for their colleagues, fostering a sense of unity and goodwill.

Bi Visibility Day - September 23rd

Bisexual Visibility Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the unique experiences of bisexual individuals. This day serves as a crucial reminder that bisexuality is a valid and important part of the LGBTQIA2S+ spectrum, deserving of acknowledgement and acceptance. It provides a platform to combat stereotypes, prejudice and biphobia, which often perpetuate misconceptions about bisexuality.

Engagement Ideas
  • Visibility campaign: Encourage employees to wear or display bi pride colours (pink, purple, or blue) in the workplace. Provide bi pride pins, stickers or flags, creating a visible show of support for bisexual colleagues.
  • DEI training: Offer DEI training programs to help colleagues become better allies to the bisexual community and the broader LGBTQIA2S+ spectrum.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - September 30th

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day to hold space for the World's Indigenous peoples and remind ourselves of the broader history of colonialism and systemic discrimination against Indigenous peoples. This day serves a solemn reminder of the suffering endured by generations of Indigenous children and families. As Canadians, it is our responsibility to honour and respect those whose land we live and play on. Our Indigenous peoples are the original stewards of this land, and we must continuously work to make sure Canada is a place where they feel at home and at peace.

Engagement Ideas
  • Truth and Reconciliation Series: We have built a 3-part series dedicated to educating teams on Canada's history and how we can do our part as allies.
  • Land acknowledgement ceremony: Begin the workday with a land acknowledgement ceremony, recognizing the Indigenous territories on which your workplace is located. Include an explanation of the significance of the acknowledgement to educate employees about the importance of Indigenous relationships and land rights.


Employee Engagement Calendar - October 2023

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